Former England internationals Jamie Redknapp and Kevin Pietersen are among the amateurs who will tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this October.
Redknapp, who played football for Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, partnered Luke Donald in the final round of the 2009 edition of the tournament. Acclaimed cricketer Pietersen swapped a bat for a club in 2015 and 2016, joining Australia’s Matt Guyatt and Eddie Pepperell for the annual Pro-Am tournament in Scotland.
Memories of the final round at St Andrews eight years ago are still strong for Redknapp, who also appeared at the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am at Wentworth this year.
“I remember looking up at the leaderboard after the third round and Luke was leading the tournament and Rory McIlroy was second,” said Redknapp.
“I knew what that meant – ‘I’m going to be out in the last group with Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald in the final round on the Old Course!’
“I’ve had some real sporting highs in my life, but that was up there with my best. Obviously playing for my country at football was my highlight, but this was one of the best days of my life. I’ve been lucky enough to play at Wembley, and at St Andrews, these are special places in the history of sport. You keep thinking back to all the great things that have happened there.”
Pietersen, who will be looking to make his first Sunday appearance at the Old Course, is relishing the chance to play Kingsbarns, St Andrews and Carnoustie alongside some of the game’s finest players.
“Jumping into the environment of the professional golfer and having the opportunity to share the experience with them, I just love it,” said Pietersen.
“I love watching their ball-striking and seeing how good they are. Being towards the end of the season, there are a lot of golfers playing for their cards, for their playing rights, so it can be quite a high pressure environment. I always realise how lucky we are to be in their professional world.